Short course
Art, Design and Society: 1900-2000 (Autumn 2017)

Monday 13 November 2017 - Thursday 23 November 2017

  • Monday, 13 November 2017 – Thursday, 23 November 2017

  • 10.30 – 13.00

  • Seminar Room 4, South Kensington

  • Course price £325.00 - £399.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

This century of rapid social, political, and technological change was a rich and diverse period for decorative arts, interiors, and architecture. Despite the undeniable and enduring influence of the international Modernism of the 1920s and 30s, the century was marked by a great plurality of styles: some infused with social meaning, others purely visual in nature, many utilising new production techniques and using materials in unexpected ways. A dynamic tension between functional design and the unashamedly decorative persisted throughout the century. Social history will underpin the examination of seminal objects, physical spaces, and styles, including Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Modernism, and the enduring influence of Japan.

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Christine Lalumia

Course Leader Christine Lalumia

Christine Lalumia lectures and writes on the design and garden histories of the late 19th and 20th centuries. A Consultant Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, she was previously the Deputy Director of The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, London for 21 years. Christine is now Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts.

I have taken many short courses at the V&A and I come away each week feeling inspired, stimulated by the facts, and wishing to know even more. 2015/2016 Short Course Student

Course Overview

Focusing on individual objects from the V&A collections and further afield, this is one of our new, concentrated, two-week courses which reveal the stories of innovation and inspiration which shaped the history of art, craft, and design. Offering a wide geographical perspective, considering developments in Asia and the Middle East, as well as Europe, two-week courses are a great new way to discover the full story of art across the globe.

Monday – Thursday for 2 weeks, 10.30–13.00. Repeated in the spring.
Autumn Term: 13 November – 23 November 2017

£399 full price, £359 over 60s, £325 concessions per course
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love in a group who share your passion, and enjoy guided access to the V&A collections with expert tutors and lecturers. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Short course: Art, Design and Society: 1900-2000 (Autumn 2017)

13 November 2017 - 23 November 2017

£325.00 - £399.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)